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Band e Paneer Lake, Afghanistan. Author J. Budissin. No Copyright
Band e Paneer Lake, Afghanistan. Author J. Budissin

Afghanistan tourist attractions: what to see in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a country rich in tradition, history and natural beauty, there are green valleys and rugged high-desert plateaus, majestic mountains and desert plains. There are interesting remains of ancient civilizations and finally the country has a rich ethnic mosaic of different peoples with original and pristine traditions and folklore.

UNESCO added two Afghan sites in the world heritage list: the Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam (2002), and the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley (2003). All and two sites were included in the list of endangered sites because of the state of war in the country.

The Minaret of Jam, 65 meters high, is an astonishing structure dating from the twelfth century. Covered by an elaborate brick structure with an enrollment of blue tiles at the top, is noteworthy for the quality of its architecture and decoration, representing the culmination of the architectural and artistic tradition in this region of Afghanistan. Its beauty is accentuated by its position in a dramatic, deep river valley between high mountains in the heart of the province of Ghur.

Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. Author Matthew Moeller. No Copyright

Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. Author Matthew Moeller

The cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley are part of the cultural heritage of Buddhist Bakhtria, in this valley there are many Buddhist monasteries and shrines, as well as fortified buildings from the Islamic period. Two statues of Buddha standing were destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001.

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